Otakuite++ | Posted 10/06/13 | Reply
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Otaku Eternal | Posted 10/02/13 | Reply
My favorite part about cons? Well...it has to be the atmosphere! Everyone is so excited- it's contagious! I never get hungry during a con because I'm just as happy as everyone else...besides the fact that food is insanely expensive where I go. Anyway, that's what I think is the best part. A con without the happy and crazy cosplayers, fanboys and fangirls, otaku, gamers...that would be boring. Being surrounded by people who like what you like...it's awesome!
HARVEST GODDESS (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 10/01/13 | Reply
I have to say the best part is just being surrounded by such creative and eccentric people...whether they make their costumes from scratch or they were devoted enough to shell out a few hundred dollars...it's incredible. xD
Also walking past all the muggles on the way to the convention is rather amusing... xD
Senior Otaku | Posted 10/01/13 | Reply
I enjoy cons because of the artist alley and other con goers. Cos-play is fine as long as the players don't have drama @ con. Unfortunately, I've been around some of the cos-player drama and it's not appropriate for the event.
Now, some of the panels and workshops are the greatest things to attend. I had attended a cel painting workshop & the teacher was talking about how it was being an illegal alien working in a anime studio as an apprentice. The open discussion panels can be a scream with the right people in the audience, Bad Fan-Fiction Theatre had people reading the 'best' sections of the worst fan-fics posted on the web. People were rolling with laughter or just groaning at the various offerings.
Just have fun and make sure others are having fun too. I had one of the new 'celeb' guests (first year doing cons for the celeb) join our table in the hotel restaurant cause we had chairs open @ the table and the group of were having fun & active conversation that he liked.
Angelic Demon (Otaku Legend) | Posted 09/30/13 | Reply
Just came back from a convention actually!!! I always enjoy the dealer's Room and Artist Alley, but I also like going to panels and meeting voice actors/actresses!!! And not to forget the AMAZING cosplayers you pass when heading between events <3
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Senior Otaku++ | Posted 09/29/13 | Reply
Hunter (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 09/29/13 | Reply
The overall size of the con really excites me, as well as the great cosplay, celebrities, and awesome swag. Cons are also a great place to meet new friends who share your similar interests (can't pass up an overnight line-camping session with a fellow fic-shipper).
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Otaku Legend | Posted 09/29/13 | Reply
I've been to a few and what I didn't like was the unbalance between western and eastern. It felt eastern was pushed into a corner and some booths that were unpopular was pushed back. Bring some unpopular booths near the big ones would make the floor less odd on con day and help smallsy's get some promo.
Artist booth -- do not place them in some dingy basement where it's dark. Don't.
Guests- good luck with that.
Okay, what I did like:
Guests. I mostly go for voice actors and sometimes I don't go if there isn't a guest I'm interested in.
Events. Yo what else can ya do if guests suck.
Dealers (whatever you call it). The one thing you can always count on. It's like shops in one place (it is) and its easier to buy and find things instead of going all over the city.
Attendees (no creeps). I find them mostly friendly so who doesn't like nice people and not jerks.
Otaku Legend | Posted 09/25/13 | Reply
@Keba Si Rota:
XD I know what you mean. I went to camp by myself once and it was . . . less than stellar lol I'm not saying I didn't enjoy myself but I think experiences like camp and cons are better with people. Especially if you don't know what you're doing or are shy ^^b
And yes!! Don't feel stalkerish!! I'd love to meet my online friends in RL. Then again I might scare them away . . . But we'll think positively xD
Otaku Legend | Posted 09/24/13 | Reply
There is only one annual con where I live (unless you're willing to travel somewhere to get to one of the nicer ones) but I always love seeing the cosplayers and shopping at booths. I never have the courage to cosplay, though.
Curious Dreamer (Otaku Legend) | Posted 09/24/13 | Reply
I'm so envious of all people who have ever been to anime conventions.
At first, I see 'anime conventions' as something 'weird' since most of my friends don't like anime. One of my best friends really hates cosplaying and she really looks down on cosplayers. So I barely talk about anime with my friends. But I just realized that I'm actually really interested in cosplaying. If I have a chance, I'd love to go to a con someday and see many different cosplays. It would be awesome if I could freely express my love for anime and meet new people with the same interests. XD
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Senior Otaku++ | Posted 09/23/13 | Reply
A convention isn't complete without its cosplayers. Personally, each conventions has its bests and worsts. My top things are how much anime/comic stuff is actually shown.
This sounds somewhat self-centered compared to the other responses, but the main reasons I go to cons is to have a reason to cosplay. It's great to be able to stop being yourself for a day and slip into the skin of your favorite character in a place where it'll be appreciated. Seeing reactions is also great. I debuted my Inuyasha cosplay at Otakon last month and I remember this girl in front of me on the escalator turned around and freaked out. :)
That aside, I love the creativeness of the people that attend. It's great meeting artists that I follow online, and the cosplays that people come up with are amazing. I met a Ms. Frizzle once!
Also, the atmosphere of excitement is so palpable. You can tell that everyone attending has been looking forward to the con for a long time. The closest I can come to describing the feeling is that it's like going to Disneyland.
Bubble Tea Monster (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 09/23/13 | Reply
My first ever convention... I darn well went a little bonkers. There's so much to like when ya get a chance to attend one.
Deciding on what to do first is more difficult than trying to figure out what ya like best. ^____^
It's a lot of fun snapping up pictures of the cosplayers, listening to the voice actors/guests, meeting artists, watching a marathon of new and old anime in a conference room filled with Naruto's and Ichigo's...now that's something LOL.
But! I do have to admit that my FAVORITE part of a convention has to be the booths. I walk in swearing that I'll only ONLY spend 50 bucks tops... yeah, right! I'm pretty much broke until forever (not really but you get the picture haha).
Really, there's a ton to love whether you find yourself just having a blast hanging out with friends or clawing your way (almost haha) to see a favorite artist or voice actor. There's always something interesting going on.
Otakuite+ | Posted 09/23/13 | Reply
my geographical region never really held an anime con. But i heard that its coming up. as of right now, im jittery excited. I thinks this means that i can just express the otaku within me and just let it out, let that passion burn without feeling judged. Able to love what we love, an anime con brings what we otakus love, and we otakus bring ourselves together to celebrate what we all love. Thats how i feel that its my favorite thing part of going to a convention
Otakuite++ | Posted 09/23/13 | Reply
My favorite part about going is the fact of being surrounded around everything I love along with other people who love it as well. Let's face it. I'm the ONLY otaku in my family. And my real life friends aren't into anime, manga and such as much as I am. So, I really can't express myself as share what I love to them in a comfortable manner that satisfies me. To relieve myself from that, I go to my local anime convention and couple across the states, if given the chance. There I'm free to express myself and share anything and everything that I love about anime, manga, gaming and whatever else with people that have the same interest(s). Just like this site! I can show my love for anime and such on here just like a convention (without all the buying, travel expenses and such... lol)
Senior Otaku | Posted 09/23/13 | Reply
I haven't been to one actually, and I don't think I'll get the opportunity to attend one =w=. But I think if I ever got to go, I'll enjoy everything since it's the first time. Since we don't have any anime-related stuff here, I'll sure enjoy the merchandise ｡◕‿◕｡. As well as the guests! It will be quite amazing to meet a famous person you know (ノ*゜▽゜*) . If I got to go as a cosplayer, it would double the fun, though it would be nice to go as you....now I really want to go to one (┳Д┳).
Don't Forget 3 Oct (Otaku Legend) | Posted 09/22/13 | Reply
I've been to cons before, but sadly, I haven't gotten the most out of them. What I enjoy is seeing all the different cosplays. I'll never forget those people dressed up as riceballs. Unfortunately, I'll also never forget that heavyset bearded man dressed as Sailor Moon.
The only things I've done besides wander around were shopping and going to one panel. One. In the three times I've been to cons. But it was still interesting.
I think it's best to go with friends to a con. Especially if you're as timid and easily overwhelmed as me. What I'd love to do is meet up with some of my online friends at a con. I'd really like to hang out with some of you in "real life". (No, that was not meant in a stalker-ish way even though it kind of came off like that.)
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Otaku Eternal | Posted 09/22/13 | Reply
I'm excited to go to NYCC next month!!! I haven't gone to any state for convention but If I have the chance, I might someday. Convention soo much fun seeing and taking pic of cosplayers and buying stuff and hanging with friends and family. I was remembering my very first con was NYAF in 2007 thru 2010 (I guess,) with NYCC. ( sorry this is confusing >~>;) And one year I met one member on here at the con. :P This year will be my seventh until I go there. XD also I will be dressing up and I'm excited to dress up! X3 Going to con is all about enjoying yourself, have fun, meeting awsome people, being random and dance with a crowd. XD
Otakuite++ | Posted 09/22/13 | Reply
*sob* i've never gone- there's never any conventions near where i live ;-; but i'm guessing the best part would being able to cosplay and express being an otaku without being judged.
I dont know, but i think the best part would probably be all the cosplay of people or the merchandise =p=
State Alchemist (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 09/22/13 | Reply
I like when there's a lot of people there because there's more you can do and talk about and make more friends. I've been to the Niagara Falls Comic Con and it was ginormous. There were so many people, so many things to do, things to buy, the overall experience was amazing. I've also been to another convention around the area that was very tiny (maybe had around 50 people the whole day) and it was terrible. There was one dealer in the dealers room, and maybe 2 panels. The few people that came to the convention ended up going to other places in the area or ended up going home.
I don't know since I never went to one. XD
The Zanrai Kid (Otaku Eternal) | Posted 09/22/13 | Reply
To me, a great convention is not the energy of the crowd. Neither is it the amount or resumes of the guests. Neither is it the level of serious cosplay. All of those are fantastic, don't get me wrong. For me, my favorite part about cons comes down to two factors.
The professionalism and the rarity.
I've seen the result of unprofessional cons. I've seen the result of people not taking their jobs seriously. I've even seen the result of criminal offenses against con goers. It's nasty and unwarranted. We've all heard of or even experienced that one bad con year. It can sully the reputation of not only con goers, but anime in general (on a local level, at least). However, when year after year a con keeps coming back, that's the mark of something special. It means there is still someone who wants to take time out of their busy schedule to volunteer for something they believe in. It means there are still friendships being made that carry over to every day life. It means anime is still a thriving market and culture, regardless of the numbers. To see people having fun for this one crazy thing just brings a smile to my face.
However, more than the professionalism, I enjoy the rarity of these cons. Not on a quantity of cons, but a quantity of time. Let me put it this way. Cons are like the anime/manga/what-have-you version of New Year's. You get to see familiar faces for a fleeting moment. You get to celebrate what made last year great. All the hard work pays off for many people. This is the time you get to enjoy you for who you are. Afterwards, you get to momentarily sit back, relax, and realize that even if what you love is not always at its best. it's still what you love. If anime cons were quarter annual or even biannual, the spark wouldn't be there. You get to appreciate the big feelings more when they come in small packages.
I love seeing all the great cosplay and picking up hard-to-find CDs/DVDs/books, etc.